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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 25397
  • Accession Date:11/3/1989
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) John Thomas Montgomery and consisting of: two (2) Ambassador brand, Hallmark Cards, Inc. bi-fold greeting cards, a greeting card envelope, and a five (5) decade Catholic Christian rosary. A handwritten inscription inside the larger of the two (2) greeting cards is addressed, "Dear John", is signed, "All my love / Margaret", and contains the passage, "I still love you. / I always will. / It's been 20 years and 5 months. / And I still miss you and grieve for you. / The pain of losing you is as much today as April 3, 1969. / Be at peace my love." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Margaret" between September - November 1989.

card, sealed unopened greeting

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 26024
  • Accession Date:11/14/1989
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened greeting card. A handwritten inscription upon the obverse surface of the greeting card envelope reads, "Guys of 5/16 4th Div. / THE WALL". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in November 1989.

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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 25463
  • Accession Date:11/14/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: NORMAN R KIDD JR
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Captain (CPT) Norman Richard Kidd, Jr. and comprised of: a handwritten envelope containing six (6) color photographic prints, two (2) personalized stationery cards, & two (2) personalized stationery envelopes. The photographic prints depict the wedding of CPT Kidd, Jr.'s daughter, "Diana" to her husband, "Stephen F. Foran", while the stationery cards bear handwritten notes addressed from the young couple to CPT Kidd, Jr. expressing their love, remembrance, and wishes to share the happy occasion with him. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by CPT Kidd, Jr.'s daughter Diana and her husband Stephen F. Foran on November 12, 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00069
  • Record Component Qty:11
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) NORMAN RICHARD KIDD, JR. AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN ENVELOPE, COMPONENT (B) STATIONERY CARD, COMPONENT (C) STATIONERY ENVELOPE, COMPONENT (D) STATIONERY CARD, COMPONENT (E) STATIONERY ENVELOPE, & COMPONENT (F) SIX (6) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS. COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN ENVELOPE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED LETTER ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER WITH A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE AND A PRINTED SECURITY DESIGN AT THE INTERIOR OBJECT SURFACE. THE ENVELOPE IS PRESENTLY FOLDED IN HALF (1/2). AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE ARE THREE (3) HORIZONTAL, PARALLEL LINES PRINTED IN BLUE INK AND COMPRISING A RETURN ADDRESS BLOC. ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE IS AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READING, "NORMAN R. KIDD / I LOVE YOU DADDY / DIANA LESLIE FORAN". THE SIX (6) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS COLLECTIVELY COMPRISING COMPONENT (F) WERE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (A). COMPONENT (B) STATIONERY CARD. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BI-FOLD CARD COMPRISED OF OFF-WHITE CARD STOCK. THE CENTER OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARD FEATURES A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RECESSED AREA WITH BEVELED EDGES BEARING AN INSCRIPTION PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READING, "MR. AND MRS. STEPHEN F. FORAN". THE INTERIOR, LOWER AND EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF THE CARD FEATURE A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR DADDY", IS SIGNED, "I LOVE YOU. / FOREVER YOUR DAUGHTER. / DIANA LESLIE FORAN", AND OPENS WITH THE LINE, "I MISS YOU OH SO VERY MUCH." IN CONTENT, THE NOTE IS FROM CPT KIDD, JR.'S DAUGHTER, "DIANA" TO HER FATHER SHORTLY AFTER THE OCCASION OF HER MARRIAGE. TO BEGIN HER NOTE, DIANA TELLS HER FATHER THAT, "I HAVE ALWAYS CARRIED YOUR MEMORY WITH ME" AND ASSURES HIM THAT HE HAS NEVER BEEN FORGOTTEN. SHE THEN ADMITS THAT IT HAS BEEN HARD TO GO ON WITHOUT HIM AND NOTES THAT THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH OF HER LIFE SHE WOULD HAVE WANTED TO SHARE WITH HIM. DIANA PROCEEDS TO STATE THAT, "I AM VERY PROUD TO BE YOUR DAUGHTER", INFORMS HER FATHER THAT SHE IS NOW MARRIED, EXPRESSES THE FORLORN WISH THAT HER FATHER COULD HAVE BEEN PRESENT FOR THE OCCASION, AND REASSURES CPT KIDD, JR. THAT, "SOME DAY I WILL BRING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN HERE. / THEY WILL NOW [sic] OF YOU AND YOUR COURAGE." DIANA CLOSES HER NOTE TO HER FATHER WITH A POSTSCRIPT READING, "P.S. - SEE YOU IN HEAVEN." COMPONENT (B) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (C). COMPONENT (C) STATIONERY ENVELOPE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED STATIONERY ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF OFF-WHITE PAPER STOCK AND BEARING A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READING, "CAPT NORMAN R. KIDD". PRINTED UPON THE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IS THE ADDRESS INFORMATION, "100 PEMBROKE DRIVE / LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS 60045". COMPONENT (B) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (C). COMPONENT (D) STATIONERY CARD. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BI-FOLD CARD COMPRISED OF OFF-WHITE CARD STOCK. THE CENTER OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARD FEATURES A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RECESSED AREA WITH BEVELED EDGES BEARING AN INSCRIPTION PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READING, "MR. AND MRS. STEPHEN F. FORAN". THE INTERIOR, LOWER AND EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF THE CARD FEATURE A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR CAPT. KIDD", IS SIGNED, "LOVE, / YOUR SON IN LAW / STEVE", IS DATED, "NOV. 12, 1989", AND OPENS WITH THE LINE, "I AM SORRY I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO MEET YOU, BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LEAVING YOUR ONLY DAUGHTER, DIANA, FOR ME TO FALL IN LOVE WITH AND BECOME MY WIFE." IN CONTENT, THE NOTE IS FROM CPT KIDD, JR.'S SON-IN-LAW, "STEPHEN F. FORAN" TO HIS FATHER-IN-LAW SHORTLY AFTER THE OCCASION OF HIS MARRIAGE TO CPT KIDD, JR.'S DAUGHTER, "DIANA". MR. FORAN BEGINS HIS NOTE BY REMINDING CPT KIDD, JR. THAT HIS DAUGHTER WAS JUST THREE (3) YEARS OLD THE LAST TIME HE SAW HER, THAT SHE IS NOW A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN TWENTY-TWO (22) YEARS LATER, AND THAT, "SHE LOVES YOU VERY MUCH AND IS INCREDIBLY PROUD OF YOUR MEMORY." MR. FORAN GOES ON TO ASSURE CPT KIDD, JR. THAT HE WOULD BE VERY PROUD OF HIS DAUGHTER AND HOW SHE HAS LIVED HER LIFE, AND VOWS TO HIS FATHER-IN-LAW THAT, "I LOVE HER VERY MUCH AND PROMISE TO TAKE CARE OF HER ALWAYS." MR. FORAN THEN CLOSES HIS NOTE TO CPT. KIDD, JR. WITH THE LINES, "THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE, BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE. YOUR SPIRIT LIVES IN ALL OF US. / PEACE BE WITH YOU." COMPONENT (D) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (E). COMPONENT (E) STATIONERY ENVELOPE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED STATIONERY ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF OFF-WHITE PAPER STOCK AND BEARING A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READING, "CAPT. NORMAN R KIDD". PRINTED UPON THE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IS THE ADDRESS INFORMATION, "100 PEMBROKE DRIVE / LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS 60045". COMPONENT (D) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (E). COMPONENT (F) SIX (6) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF SIX (6) SEPARATE COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEETS OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER. FIVE (5) OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS DEPICT CPT KIDD, JR.'S DAUGHTER, "DIANA", HER HUSBAND, "STEPHEN", AND FRIENDS & FAMILY MEMBERS DRESSED IN FORMAL ATTIRE DURING THEIR WEDDING CEREMONY. THE SIXTH (6TH) PICTURE DEPICTS DIANA POSING IN STREET CLOTHES WITH A PET HOUSE CAT. EACH OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS BEARS A MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S STAMP IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READING, "THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK" REPEATED IN A GRAPHIC MOTIF. THE SIX (6) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS COLLECTIVELY COMPRISING COMPONENT (F) WERE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (A).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, stamped, & handwritten inscriptions upon COMPONENTS (A - F) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Norman R. Kidd / I Love You Daddy. / Diana Leslie Foran" / [COMPONENTS (B & D), exterior, obverse object surfaces, printed inscription] "Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Foran" / [COMPONENT (B), interior, lower object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Dear Daddy, / I miss you oh so very much. / I have always carried your memory with me. / You have never been forgotten. / It has been hard to go on without you. / There are so many times I have missed you and wanted to share so much of my life with you. / I am very proud to be your daughter. / I am married now. / I wish so much you could have been there" / [COMPONENT (B), exterior, reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "I know you would love my husband. / Some day I will bring your grandchildren here. / They will now {sic] of you and your courage. / You will never be forgotten Daddy. / I Love You. / Forever your daughter. / Diana Leslie Foran / P.S. See you in heaven." / [COMPONENT (C), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Capt Norman R. Kidd" / [COMPONENTS (C & E), reverse object surfaces, printed inscription] "100 Pembroke Drive / Lake Forest, Illinois 60045" / [COMPONENT (D), interior, lower object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Nov. 12, 1989 / Dear Capt. Kidd, / I am sorry I never had a chance to meet you, but I want to thank you for leaving your only daughter, Diana, for me to fall in love with and become my wife. / She was only 3 years old when you last saw her. / She is a beautiful young woman 22 years later." / [COMPONENT (D), exterior, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "She loves you very much and is incredibly proud of your memory. / You also would be very proud of who she is and how she has lived her life. / I love her very much and promise to take care of her always. / Thank you for your courage, bravery and sacrifice. / Your spirit lives in all of us. / Peace be with you. / Love, / your son in law / Steve" / [COMPONENT (E), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Capt. Norman R Kidd" / [COMPONENT (F), reverse object surfaces, stamped inscription] "THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK [stamped in repeated graphic motif]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 5.0g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 10.5cm
    • Item Width: 24.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENTS (B - F) are as follows:

    (Dimensions for COMPONENTS (B & D) are identical, and therefore are provided for a single card only)
    [COMPONENTS (B & D)]:
    8.8cm (L) X 12.3cm (W) X 3.4cm (Weight)

    (Dimensions for COMPONENTS (C & E) are identical, and therefore are provided for a single envelope only)
    [COMPONENTS (C & E)]:
    9.2cm (L) X 12.9cm (W) X 2.8g (Weight)

    (Dimensions for all six (6) photographic prints collectively comprising COMPONENT (E) are identical, and therefore are provided for a single print only)
    [COMPONENT (E)]:
    8.8cm (L) X 13.1cm (W) X 3.0g (Weight)
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Items left at The Wall - The Virtual Collection

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